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Getting Out of the Boat

I stood on one of the music stages at a local event one day many years ago and looked out over the crowd as I sang. For a moment my gaze came to rest on the face of a woman that I hadn’t seen for quite a while, and my mind drifted back to the numerous times I’d gone to visit her at work seven years previously. Each visit was in response to the voice of the Lord, Who told me to go tell her that she was healed and not to be worried or afraid.

She was struggling with breast cancer back then, and God kept telling me that He wanted her to trust Him for healing and to rest in Him. I felt strongly impressed to tell her what He had said to me and did so each time I went to see her. We would pray together in a room adjacent to her office on those days, and Father’s Spirit would envelop each of us with beautiful peace. As I prayed, she would often fall asleep, resting gently in the Lord.

Hard to believe seven years had passed, and as I watched her sweet face while I sang that beautiful September morning, I was again reminded of the love and mercy of our precious Lord.

She and her husband came to me after I came off the stage, her face beaming with the love of Christ. After all this time, she is still cancer free. (Of course she is – God said she was healed!) We embraced and her husband shook my hand, offering words of gratitude for the times I would go to his wife when she was sick. He was grateful to have someone who would encourage her to believe in the healing that God said had already taken place in her body.

You know, speaking those words to her back then was an act of faith that I was growing into at that time in my life. I had asked the Lord to help me be unshakable in my faith, and this was one of the ways He chose to strengthen me. I often wondered what He was preparing me for as I sat before a woman I barely knew back then, telling her she was already healed despite all the physical evidence that said she was not. I’m sure I sounded like a kook to many people, but I didn’t care. God said she was healed. I had to extend my faith and believe that I was really hearing His voice, and not just imagining it.

Sometimes it’s hard to trust that we are hearing God’s voice and to move in obedience. There have been times I ‘jumped out of the boat’ holding my breath, just in case it wasn’t Him calling, fearful that I was mistaken and that He wouldn’t be there to catch me. I can only say that, even though there have been times I have had to fight everything logical to stay on top of the water, by the grace of God, I haven’t gone under yet! He is truly with us. Even as it is written in Proverbs 3:5 & 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” (NKJV)


Let's step out of the boat together, shall we and keep our eyes on Him.

Love and hugs,


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